Over 100 Thais apply to give stranded Ukrainians shelter, donate 5 million baht

Charge d'affaires Ukraine to Thailand, Photo by Chanadda Jinayodhin Facebook.

Ukraine’s charge d’affaires to Thailand announced at a press conference yesterday that over 100 Thais have applied to give free accommodation to Ukrainians stranded in Thailand. The charge d’affaires added that there are over 3,000 Ukrainians stranded in Thailand. He said the Ukraine launched a website to provide free accommodation to Ukrainians stranded abroad. Thais submitted over 100 proposals on the site.

The charge d’affaires, Oleksandr Lysak, said Thais have also donated over five million baht to help Ukrainians. He stressed the importance of transparency in donations, and said they are sent to the National Bank of Ukraine. He added that transfers can be tracked.

“We will put the updated figure of our donations on our official information resources, so people can track where their money goes.”

Lysak said the Ukrainian Embassy asked the Thai Immigration Bureau to consider granting visa extensions to Ukrainians unable to return home. He said the embassy is making a QR code with Thai banks so Thais can more easily help Ukrainians.

One tourism school is also helping Ukrainians, as well as Russians in Koh Samui stay at a hotel for just 4,000 baht a month. Also in Koh Samui, one villa owner also cut his accommodation fee by 50% for a Ukrainian couple unable to return home because of violence. The couple only intended to stay on the island for a week but have since stayed in the villa for two weeks.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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